The Big 12 has announced a nine-plus-one schedule for the upcoming college football season.
This evening, the Big 12 Board of Directors announced the league’s football programs would play nine conference games and one non-conference home game.
According to the release, the start of conference play will be solidified and announced in the coming weeks, with an anticipated start sometime between mid- to late-September. As of now, the expectation is that non-conference games will be played prior to beginning league games.
The model also gives the Conference flexibility to move back the Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship game to December 12th or 19th.
“I would like to salute the work of our university presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, coaches, medical advisors and administrators who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively during these extraordinary times,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “We believe this change provides the best opportunity going forward. However, we will undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through the season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead.”
The Big 12 is the fourth conference to schedule a ten-game season, but the first to play nine games within the league.
Conference USA and the Sun Belt lead the way with 12-game schedules, followed by 11 for the ACC and ten for the Big 12, Big 10, SEC, and Pac-12.
Here is the conference-by-conference breakdown:
- C-USA – 12 games (8 conference)
- Sun Belt – 12 games (8 conference)
- ACC – 11 games (10 conference)
- Big 12 – 10 games (9 conference)
- Big Ten – 10 games (conference only)
- SEC – 10 games (conference only)
- Pac-12 – 10 games (conference only)
As of now, the only leagues left to announce a schedule are the American, MAC, and Mountain West.